[clug] Help needed cloning a Debian 2.2 system

Stephen Hodgman steve at namsys.com.au
Sat Mar 13 01:54:55 MST 2010

Thanks for the replies.
Current status is that I now have a bootable version of the system on a
PATA disk.
Now the plan is to image that to a file and try VirtualBox or something
At least I have an immediate backup anyway which was my first goal.

On 12/03/2010 7:06 PM, Daniel Pittman wrote:
> Stephen Hodgman <steve at namsys.com.au> writes:
>> I need some help cloning an old Debian system running applications using
>> iBCS.  What I would like to do is get this running under a virtual machine I
>> think.
> *nod*  That shouldn't be *too* hard to achieve.  Most of the VM systems,
> including KVM, can emulate hardware old enough that the drivers available to a
> 2.2 kernel should be able to work.
>> We have had a good run but the replacement systme has been delayed so we
>> want to make sure everything keeps running meantime.  I am unclear of the
>> exact details on how to best achieve this.
> I can't necessarily advise the best method, but the easiest would be to grab a
> copy of the disk, turn it into a suitable disk image for something like KVM,
> and then try booting it.
> Many commercially supported solutions, including VMWare, include a "cold"
> migration tool which while automate the process, but you can also use the
> 'qemu-img' tool to convert a "raw" image to whatever output format you want.
> It might be worth giving that a shot yourself before you go paying someone to
> do it. :)
>         Daniel

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